Wanted: A Commander in Chief

Even the New York Times can’t ignore it: Obama’s prolonged agonizing over Afghanistan is taking a toll on the U.S. military. This report explains:

After nearly a month of deliberations by Mr. Obama over whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan, frustrations and anxiety are on the rise within the military. A number of active duty and retired senior officers say there is concern that the president is moving too slowly, is revisiting a war strategy he announced in March and is unduly influenced by political advisers in the Situation Room.

It seems the military is wary that the decision made in March to pursue a robust counterinsurgency is being revisited, the “rug being pulled out from under us,” as one retired general put it. And it’s part of a pattern. This administration relies less upon and provides less access to military officers to shape policy than his predecessor (and than is wise), and has put the Pentagon on a budgetary diet while the rest of the government gorges.

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